I was educated at McGill University in Montréal, the London School of Economics, and hold a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I am Consulting Professor in the Design Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Stanford University and Professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
In addition to my academic affiliations, I am Fellow at IDEO, Inc., the Silicon Valley-based design and innovation consultancy, where I conduct front-end research in support of IDEO project work, and at the University of Tokyo i-School. I consult with governments, companies, and academic institutions worldwide on issues pertaining to design and innovation.
I am the author of six books, including Change By Design with Tim Brown, (Harper Collins, 2009), which explores the nature of design thinking as a strategy of business, and NONOBJECT, with Branko Lukic, (MIT, 2010), a conceptual exploration of “the space between person and product.” A new book, Ecosystem of Innovation: The History of Silicon Valley Design, will be published by the MIT Press in Fall, 2015. My writings on design as a strategy of innovation have appeared in many academic, professional, and popular journals.